A total of 947 students will graduate from Mercyhurst University this month, with ceremonies taking place over two weekends, May 10 and May 17-18. Commencement will be marked by three separate ceremonies - one for traditional-age undergraduates and adult undergraduate students, another for graduate students, and the third for students of the McAuley College of Associate Degree Studies for students of Mercyhurst North East and West as well as the inaugural class of 10 from the Booker T. Washington Campus.
Graduation for undergraduates, which number 596 eligible candidates (529 traditional-age; 67 adults), takes place at the Erie Insurance Arena, 809 French St., on Sunday, May 18, at 2 p.m. Students will graduate by school: the School of Arts & Humanities, Hafenmaier School of Education and Behavioral Sciences, Walker School of Business and Communication, Zurn School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, School of Social Sciences, and the School of Health Professions and Public Health.
Mercyhurst President Thomas J. Gamble, Ph.D., will deliver the commencement address while Board of Trustees Vice Chair Richard Lanzillo, Esq., will offer the welcome. Carpe Diem Award recipient Amber Penna will also speak.
The Carpe Diem Award is presented to the outstanding senior who has made the most positive impact on the life of the Mercyhurst community and who best exemplifies the college motto, “Carpe Diem” – “Seize the Opportunity.”
Mercyhurst celebrates the graduation of students from its eight graduate programs on Saturday, May 17, at 2 p.m. in the Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center. Candidates number 127 from the following master’s degree programs: administration of justice, anthropology, applied behavior analysis, applied intelligence, exercise science, organizational leadership, secondary education and special education.
Trustee Sister Mary Ann Bader, RSM, local leader of the Erie Sisters of Mercy, will deliver the welcome. This year’s commencement address will be given by Jonathan Ivy, Ph.D., director of the master’s degree program in applied behavior analysis.
Saturday, May 10, marks commencement at the university’s North East campus, which takes place at 1 p.m. in Liguori Fieldhouse. Eligible graduates number 224 from associate degree programs. Among the graduates are six from Mercyhurst West and 10 from the Booker T. Washington Campus.
Mercyhurst Board of Trustees Chair Marlene Mosco will deliver the welcome; this year’s commencement address will be given by Steve Scully, C-SPAN senior executive producer, political editor and primary host. Scully, an Erie native, serves as the regular Sunday host of “Washington Journal” and also hosts “Washington Today.” Haley Schaef, recipient of the Medal of Honor, the highest award presented to a student at North East, will also speak.
For more information on the 2014 commencement, visit graduation.mercyhurst.edu.
(See separate stories on student commencement awards.)
FILE PHOTO: Graduation 2013